Gorilla Trekking during rainy seasons
- February 27, 2016
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
There is no doubt that indeed gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park in Uganda and Rwanda respectively is one of the commanding tourist activity in Africa. Due to costs involved in planning a gorilla trekking tour, many tourists whether rich or poor would love to get the best out of it. As such, many people will always look out for the best time to trek mountain gorillas including avoiding gorilla trekking during rainy seasons.
Why avoid gorilla trekking during rainy seasons.
There so many reasons why tourists should avoid gorilla trekking during rainy seasons but before we dig into details we need to know that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a tropical rain forest that receives rainfall throughout the whole year. It receives an amount of over 1000mm per annum and much as we have traditional warm and wet seasons, it can rainy at any time, hour or minute in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. While many tourists try to avoid gorilla trekking in rainy seasons because of several reasons, gorilla trekking is and can be done all year round since gorilla rangers and guides are trained to handle all situations. Reasons why tourists avoid rainy seasons include slippery grounds. Bwindi impenetrable National Park environments are hilly and as such, it becomes very hard to hike or trek in search for a given family of habituated gorillas when grounds are so slippery. Climbing up and down on Bwindi slopes makes the whole process of gorilla trekking hard. Rains may also make the visibility and photography of gorillas a bit hard and as such it affects the whole experience.
Gorilla trekking during rainy seasons is further affected an can be annoying due to slippery road to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Most roads to Bwindi most especially in the southern sector of Nkuringo and Ruchaga become impassable when it rains. The road between Buhoma and Ruhija is also affected during rainy seasons but the government of Uganda is trying to work on infrastructure such that tourist movement becomes easy.
That notwithstanding, gorilla trekking during rainy seasons has advantages most especially in Uganda where the price of gorilla permits is reduced. During months of April, May and November, a gorilla permit costs USD450 instead of the official price which is USD600. For those interested in saving some dollars should instead do gorilla trekking during rain seasons or low seasons as they are normally referred to. For details about gorilla trekking during rainy seasons and associated discounts, kindly contact Encounter Africa Safaris